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Post by michael scuffil » Sat Nov 10, 2007 7:04 pm

How about some memories of CH dogs?

I propose to start with Chlorine, who must be the only dog to get a public obit at school assembly. CMESeaman regretted "the passing of that best of all worst dogs" (see below).

Chlorine was one of a litter whose other members were named Bromine, Iodine and Fluorine. She "belonged" to CFKirby, and spent most of the time asleep and snoring in a corner of his den (officially his classroom, or lab, but you could have fooled me). She impinged on the school consciousness mostly during the run-up to dinner parade, when Kirby would cycle home to his place in King Edwards Road. Chlorine was not an athletic dog, and lagged many yards behind, occasionally doing her business on the headmaster's front lawn. This journey would be accompanied by shouts from Kirby "Come on, Chlorine, worst dog in Sussex!" (see above)

My favourite Chlorine memory is of the time when she brought in a rabbit she had caught in the middle of a biology lesson. Whatever the subject of the lesson was, it was dropped without further ado, and the rabbit was dissected. A very interesting biology lesson -- I hope Chlorine got to eat the rabbit in the end.

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Post by englishangel » Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:34 am

It sounds as though the dogs at Horsham had as much personality as the staff.

Various dogs are mentioned elsewhere but this is the first thread dedicated to them and the first time I have heard of Chlorine.
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Post by J.R. » Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:27 am

I remember Chlorine and CFK on his bike well !
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Post by jhopgood » Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:22 pm

I was always under the impression that all of Kirby's dogs were called "Boodle".
Pop Massen had a large black Labrador that wandered around aimlessly and I seem to remember another dog down the Middleton end of the Avenue.
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Post by Foureyes » Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:30 pm

My recollection is that Kirby had two dogs. One was definitely called Chlorine, but I thought that the other was called Hebburn, or a very similar sounding name. He used to cycle with one on his shoulders.
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Post by michael scuffil » Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:29 pm

jhopgood wrote:I was always under the impression that all of Kirby's dogs were called "Boodle".
Pop Massen had a large black Labrador that wandered around aimlessly and I seem to remember another dog down the Middleton end of the Avenue.
Boodle was Chlorine's successor. He (I think Boodle was a he) was announced as such by Seaman at the same assembly he announced Chlorine's death, a small white Scotty-looking animal.

The only dog of Pop Massen's I remember was a rather bad-tempered boxer called Nimbus. He was a reason I didn't like going to Massen's house, but as one of his Grecians, I couldn't always avoid it.

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Post by michael scuffil » Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:35 pm

Foureyes wrote:My recollection is that Kirby had two dogs. One was definitely called Chlorine, but I thought that the other was called Hebburn, or a very similar sounding name. He used to cycle with one on his shoulders.
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This must have been before my time. I only remember Chlorine, and then Boodle.

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Post by Great Plum » Mon Nov 12, 2007 1:27 pm

I remember when Kirby was an elderly chap, living in the bungalow on the 2 mile Ash road, he had a vicious little dog who used to walk with him...
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Post by michael scuffil » Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:40 pm

Does anyone remember Hennessy, the terror of the Thornton B dayroom? Not because he was vicious, but because he slobbered so much that everything got drowned in saliva. H. was a bulldog owned by WPC Davies, aka Beaky (because of his nose).

(WPCD played rugby for the British Lions. Incidentally the only master I ever saw naked. All quite proper. Housemasters could (if they could be bothered) open the swimming pool for the house to have an extra "house bath". When WPCD did this, he used to join in the swimming, and of course the cubicles were not conducive to privacy. But I suppose as an active rugby player he was used to non-privacy.)

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Post by michael scuffil » Fri Nov 16, 2007 4:03 pm

For the sake of cross-referencing, there are some interesting doggy entries (re: Cuckoo and Rambo) on the "Mr Grimshaw" thread (way after my time).

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Post by MarkB » Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:33 pm

I remember Boodle and 'Bill' Kirby [it was 'Bill' wasn't it?]. I was told Boodle's predecessors were called Chlorine, Florine and Urine but the last name is presumably apocryphal.

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Post by michael scuffil » Wed Feb 27, 2008 4:09 pm

You see, Chlorine was already a legend. I think "Urine" is apochryphal. I believe the litter were named after the halogens.

Strangely, I never heard Kirby referred to as "Bill" while I was there, but often since. His name in fact was Cecil, and he liked being called "Uncle" (by the boys). He deserves a thread to himself.
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Post by blondie95 » Wed Feb 27, 2008 7:13 pm

the marshall has two lovely dogs-the MOST obedient ones you would ever see.

I think Plum seniors two dogs need a mention-you always see them around campus loving the attention
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Post by Mid A 15 » Wed Feb 27, 2008 8:33 pm

michael scuffil wrote:You see, Chlorine was already a legend. I think "Urine" is apochryphal. I believe the litter were named after the halogens.

Strangely, I never heard Kirby referred to as "Bill" while I was there, but often since. His name in fact was Cecil, and he liked being called "Uncle" (by the boys). He deserves a thread to himself.

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Re: CH dogs

Post by michael scuffil » Thu Feb 28, 2008 10:03 am

Ah...

Thanks for that hint. I have added a post there.
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